About 10 million fewer people saw the final presidential debate on Thursday night than the first one a month ago. Among the signs, not many voters are taking a little over a week to the election.
Nearly 63 million people were attending the debate, according to Nielsen, the TV ranking provider – a drop of 14 percent compared to the first event and 13 percent during the final debate in the 2016 campaign.
The figures mean that President Donald Trump's performance on Thursday, in which he took a calmer tone than in the first debate, could have less of an impact on the race than his previous meeting with Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger.
The US president, who is following the polls, was widely criticized after last month's incident, in which he often interrupted his opponent and the moderator, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election and failed. to condemn white supremacy.
In contrast, members of Trump's party welcomed his "helpful" performance on Thursday night, as he listened to Biden and even complimented moderator Kristen Welker despite attacking her earlier in the day for allegedly having been biased.
The viewership figures are in contrast to those achieved in the final debate in 201
The decline Thursday night came in part due to a planning conflict with a high-profile American football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.
But the numbers also underscore polls that suggest fewer people are unsure at this point in the campaign than at the same stage in 2016.
Analysis of the website fivethirtyeight.com showed that about 13 percent of voters still had not decided for election day in 2016, and that these people voted two- to one in favor of Mr. Trump in many swing states.
This time, only about 5 percent of the population say they have not yet made up their minds, according to opinion polls, Mrs Biden's significant leadership suggests safer than the one Mrs. Clinton held.
There has also been a wave of early voting, with nearly 53 million Americans already voting either by mail or in person, according to the US Elections Project.
In Texas, nearly 6.4 million voters cast their ballots, equivalent to more than 70 percent of the total number of votes cast in 2016.
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